Over 200,000 women work in the homes of New Yorkers as housekeepers and nannies. Mostly women of color and often undocumented, their work is not covered by labor laws, and for many, the pay and conditions of work are beyond belief. The women are beginning to organize, though, to fight for a bill of rights. As one worker says: imagine if all 200,000 went on strike one day? Wall Street would have to shut down as families had to watch their own children. Part of the Call for Change series.
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"A powerful documentary on domestic workers, Work and Respect, begins with the activist protests of immigrant women from Domestic Workers United (DWU), an organization of Caribbean, Latina, and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly care workers in New York who aim to protect and advocate for workers rights across the United States. The necessity for this organization, founded in 2000, cannot be overstated, especially since women are doubly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse as immigrants and dispersed workers who labor in the intimate shadows of the home."
- Felicity Schaeffer-Grabiel, Films for the Feminist Classroom Journal
• Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia, 2006
• National Museum of Women in the Arts' Festival of Film & Media, Washingtong DC, 2007
• Documentary Fortnight Expanded at MoMA, New York, 2007